Discursive Metaphors Analysis: The Love Metaphor of Plant in Chinese Love Poetry
A conceptual metaphor may have various meanings in different languages, and usually contains cultural background. Based on cognitive approach, this paper aims to study Chinese metaphor through analyzing four conceptual metaphors of four typical plants in traditional Chinese poetry. This article also discusses why these ancient metaphors can still be used commonly in modern Chinese language. At the same time, through analyzing these metaphors, relevant implicating Chinese cultural aspects are described.
Key words: Discursive metaphor; Ancient Chinese poetry; Love; Plant
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